Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28689 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings to all our Irish friends on St Patrick’s Day – let’s hope the England Rugby team are less generous later today! [Well,at least Spurs won, so the day wasn’t a total disaster.]
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them. Although I try to select the clues I expect to cause the most difficulty, feel free to ask for help on any others – but please read the instructions in red at the end of this post.
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Snake and rodent let out by river (7)
To get this snake, combine a three-letter rodent, an anagram (out) of LET and R(iver)
9a Clothes primarily large? Admit one could be in a big top (5)
The initial letter (primarily) of C[lothes] is followed by L(arge) and a verb meaning to admit or confess (usually, as a phrasal verb, followed by up)
11a Shame about our pal cavorting to get approval (10)
A four-letter word meaning shame around an anagram (cavorting) of OUR PAL
14a Orders stir unions to get agitated outside court (12)
An anagram (to get agitated) of STIR UNIONS around the abbreviation for C(our)T
18a Poorly American with temperature getting fixed portion of food, for example (12)
A three-letter adjective meaning poorly or unwell is followed by a two-letter abbreviation for American, T(emperature) and a fixed portion
22a General‘s vast banquet (10)
An adjective meaning vast is followed by a banquet
26a Competition finally reduced by 50 per cent (5)
Drop the second half (reduced by 50 per cent) of a ten-letter word meaning finally
28a Slim model’s rear shown in poster (7)
Put the final letter (rear) of [mode]L inside someone who posts a letter
1d About to go over impressive lifting procedure used in the kitchen (6)
One of our usual two-letter words for about is followed by the reversal (lifting in a down clue) of an adjective meaning impressive
3d Isolation unit needed in outbreak of illness (10)
A three-letter word for unit inside an anagram (outbreak) of ILLNESS
5d Fabricate hamper — university needs to replace one (9)
Start with a verb meaning to hamper or impede and insert U(niversity) instead of I (one)
7d Leaving out nothing on assignment (8)
O (nothing) followed by an assignment (could it be an impossible one?)
13d He tampers with circulation to keep oxygen in air (10)
An anagram (with circulation) of HE TAMPERS around (to keep) the chemical symbol for Oxygen
16d Tree — do we set up shelters over bits chopped up? (8)
A coniferous tree is followed by the reversal (set up in a down clue) of DO WE around (shelters) O(ver)
17d Smears — they’re often seen on children’s knees (8)
As a noun these can often be seen on the knees of children
20d One polishing rag? (6)
A cryptic definition of this newspaper person
24d Pretty good trade show (4)
As soon as you realise that this is a double definition, or perhaps even a triple definition, it becomes very easy to solve
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The Quick Crossword pun: whirled+Waugh=World War